New findings in psychology and neuroscience are pushing philosophers to rethink such big questions as the relationship between mind and body, the meaning of free will, just exactly what faith is, the nature of consciousness, and what constitutes happiness. There's some evidence that issues such as free will itself reflect temperament and personality. There's even more evidence that we are terrible at predicting what will make us happy, which is why we have such a hard time finding durable happiness.

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What Do Singles Really Want?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on February 20, 2018 in In the Name of Love
Married people envy singles for their romantic freedom. Do singles envy married people for their serious relationships? A recent Match study indicates surprising trends.

The P-Hack Rap

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on February 19, 2018 in Rabble Rouser
How Psychological Science Goes Wrong, in a Few HipHop Verses

In Response to Senseless Tragedy, What Can Philosophy Say?

By Jennifer Baker Ph.D. on February 18, 2018 in For the Love of Wisdom
When our tragedies appear senseless, is Albert Camus's philosophy of any help?
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Roadblocks in the Search for Answers

Discussions about the link between gun violence and mental illness often fall prey to a few logical fallacies. A more informed debate promises better outcomes for all of us.

2018: The Year of the Dog, The Year of Living Doggedly

Some psychology and biology of the dog-human bond, and thoughts on the Year of the Dog.

When You Forgive, Do You Need Love and Courage?

By Robert Enright Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in The Forgiving Life
When you forgive, do you see its highest expression as love? Do you see the need for courage to accompany forgiveness? How can you balance these issues of love and courage?

Cosmological Evolution and the Future of Life

Could life have a natural transcendent purpose? If so, what would the implications be for human morality and destiny?

Jordan Peterson’s Flimsy Philosophy of Life

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in Hot Thought
Some people are taking Jordan Peterson to be profound about the nature of morality, reality, and life. How well do his views stand up to philosophical scrutiny?

"Know Thyself" Is Not Just Silly Advice

By Bence Nanay Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in Psychology Tomorrow
"Know thyself" seems like common, even silly advice. However, it also might prevent people from embracing change in their lives.

Choose Meaning and Live Better

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in In the Name of Love
We have a bad habit of focusing on people's superficial, negative qualities. Profound qualities have more meaning in the long run, so their behavioral influence should be greater.

Is Romantic Love Just an Invention by Commerce?

Are you becoming cynical about love? Finding light in the darkness.

The Language User's Quick Start Guide

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 12, 2018 in Ambigamy
Humans are the bulls in the China shop of the world. Why? Because we have language. Here's a short video on how to use it wisely.

Feeling Lucky?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on February 09, 2018 in Evil Deeds
Do we really make our own luck?

The Dirtiest Word in Critical Thinking

The danger of "proof" in educational settings and real-world applications.

A Refreshing New Approach to the Free Will Debate

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 08, 2018 in Ambigamy
What could stop the free will debate from circling forever? A realistic explanation for what will is and how it emerges from aimless chemistry presented here in four short videos.

Is Meritocracy Useful in Searching for a Romantic Partner?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on February 07, 2018 in In the Name of Love
In meritocracy, one is judged according to one’s personal past performance and achievements. Is this the best principle to follow when looking for a suitable romantic partner?

In the Dog Park - Pets and People

By Graham Collier on February 06, 2018 in The Consciousness Question
Given the incredible range of dog personalities and behaviors, individual owners also cannot help but interest one as personalities.

Democracy Depends On Promoting The Common Good

Can the United States discover the need to promote the common good over the interests of the rich and powerful? It may require the establishment of a new political party.

The Meteoric Rise of Professor Jordan Peterson

By Izzy Kalman on February 04, 2018 in Resilience to Bullying
Professor Jordan Peterson has experienced a meteoric rise to fame, because he is precisely what the world needs now: truth and responsibility.
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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Meaning

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on February 03, 2018 in The Meaningful Life
Are you living a happy life or a meaningful life?

In Pursuit FROM Excellence

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 02, 2018 in How To Do Life
How society is now devaluing excellence.

"To Dance is a Radical Act" and Nine Other Top Posts

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on January 31, 2018 in What a Body Knows
To celebrate ten years of writing a blog, here is a top ten list of blogs I have written.
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Searching for Meaning Beyond the “Midlife Crisis”

Are the midlife crisis years the only time we search for meaning?

Why I Hate Star Wars

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on January 30, 2018 in Excellent Beauty
Star Wars succeeds because humans are primates. Our evolution was accomplished by wicked and powerful short-term magical and selfish thinking.

Consciousness, Attention, and Communication

How are truths or untruths conveyed through language related to attention and conscious experience?

Why Sisyphus's Punishment Differs from the Human Condition

Camus's claim that our lives are similar to Sisyphus's absurd life is wrong and harmful.

The Self-Made Man (and Woman)

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 28, 2018 in How To Do Life
It’s often deemed a myth but...

Loving and Willing

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on January 27, 2018 in Boundless
Making the leap from good intentions to getting things done.

What Living Is and How It Started

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on January 25, 2018 in Ambigamy
Selves try. Non-selves don't. What are selves and trying really and how did they start in an otherwise aimless universe? Here's an unprecedented answer in two very short videos.

The Character Gap

Most of us, at the core, are a mix of good and evil. There is a gap, a character gap, between who we are and who we should be.